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District 13 – Soma: Transfixingly Dark Evocatively Visceral Heavy Alt Rock

We’re always on the lookout for breaking bands who bring brand-new energy to Rock. And District 13 certainly didn’t disappoint with their transfixingly dark, evocatively visceral offering of Alt Rock “Soma”.

The instrumentals may be heavy, but there’s a striking amount of melodicism to ingest as the progressive hit unravels. Each new evolution in sound leaves you with yet another affirmation of District 13’s talent when it comes to fusing elements of Punk and Heavy Metal. You get the snappy riotous energy of Punk, orgasmically sweet guitar riffs, and harsh heavy tones all wrapped up in one sublime aural package.

That’s all without mentioning the vocals. If Jesus himself wept, it wouldn’t be as emotive as what guitarist and vocalist Jon Hartz Wild brought to Soma. The guttural drawn-out jagged whiskey-soaked screams will stay with me quite some time. But despite all of the raw emotion forcibly thrown into Soma, there was still plenty of upbeat energy to ensure that the track comes to a close without leaving you feeling like you’ve been put into an existential hole.

I’d be willing to put money on the London-based trio’s taking the scene by storm in 2020.

You can check out the official music video to District 13’s latest single Soma via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaleido Bay – Liberation: A Vitriolically Charged Alt Rock Playlist Essential

From the moment you hit play on UK Alt Rock artist Kaleido Bay’s latest single “Liberation” the frenetic energy pulls you in. It’s a high-octane convictive aural force to be reckoned with, but it definitely isn’t without its melodicism.

With juicy choruses, anticipation filled-breakdowns, and mind-blowingly dynamic instrumentals, we can quite honestly say that we’ve never heard anything like this before. They promise to deliver a full tonal palette, and sure enough, there’s a frenzied kaleidoscope of colour in Liberation.

It’s punchy, it’s riotous, and it’s innovative enough to offer little in the way of reminiscences to other artists. Yet there are faint elements of Metal, Rock, Post Punk, Punk, and No Wave all weaved into the mix making Liberation indulgently accessible from the first time you’re fronted with the angsty aural alchemy.

The fact that I wrote this review on the same day which the Manic Street Preacher’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of Masses Against the Classes feels serendipitous. Just as I was mourning the lack of vitriol found in politically-charged music, Kaleido Bay crashed onto my radar.

You can check out Liberation along with Kaleido Bay’s earlier releases via Spotify now.

Follow the band on Facebook to keep up to date with their releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Decrees – Liberté: Riotously Magnetic Indie Rock

Scotland-based Indie Rock powerhouse The Decrees not so subtly crashed onto our radars with the bitingly raucous hit “Liberté” at the end of 2019.

Their riotous energy had us hooked from the prelude. If you could imagine an aural mash-up of Generation Terrorists-era Manic Street Preachers, Velvet Revolver, the Strokes, Babyshambles, you may be able to get an idea of what Liberté offers.

Guitarist Callum Bell deserves a monolithic ego for their ability to carve out such striking riffs and keep the momentum throbbing right the way through Liberté. While vocalist and synth player James Miller found the perfect balance between swagger and charisma through their high-octane performance.

We’ll definitely be keeping our ear to the ground to find out what comes next from the Decrees.

You can check Liberté out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from The Decrees via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Choked Up – Home: Riot Grrrl Attitude Meets Punchy Pop Punk Rhythm

https://chokedup.bandcamp.com/track/home-2

I got pretty excited to hear Babes in Toyland are releasing new material. I got even more excited to discover an up and coming band exuding the same raw, unfalteringly visceral Riot Grrrl energy.

Brooklyn-based fascism-overthrowing Queercore Punk artist Choked Up has recently released their latest single “Home”. The bouncing rhythms make it all too easy to share in the same dynamic energy of the track while the guitar solos make it all too evident that that Choked Up is a powerhouse outfit.

There’s a rarely found expressive animation within Cristy C. Road’s vocals which is boundlessly resonant. If you’re looking for empowering tracks to add to your playlists, it’s safe to say that there are few as efficacious in enabling you to harness your angst as Home.

Stream and download Home via Bandcamp. Or, you can watch the music video via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yammerer Have Dropped Their Most Absorbingly Chaotic Track Yet with “Airport”

Any fans of Fontaines DC and the Fall are going to want to check out the latest single “Airport” from Liverpool-based Alt Rock artist Yammerer. The deadpan swaggering vocals may share reminiscences with iconic artists. Yet, Yammerer has perceptibly strived to make the cutting, punchy instrumentals as distinctive as possible. You’ll only need to hear the jagged, bendy guitar progressions to know that they’ve succeeded in their endeavour.

With elements of Surf Rock and Chamber Psych weaved into the Punk soundscape, the guitars sear through their absorbing riffs and spill a kaleidoscope of high-energy psychedelic colour.

After hearing Yammerer on record, I won’t sleep on any chances to see them live.

Check out Airport which was released on November 21st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lazerlips – Free Spirit: Riotously Frenzied Alt Rock

Right from the first burst of frenzied guitars, there’s a sense that up and coming artist Lazerlips’ single Free Spirit is much more than your archetypal offering of Alt Rock.

Any fans of Mudhoney and similar riotously fierce Alt Rock bands will definitely approve of the fast-paced driving energy put behind the single which was released last year as part of Lazerlips debut EP “My Veins”. There’s also a touch of the Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster weaved into the high-octane hit. Yet it could be most accurately described as the Strokes on speed.

Here’s to hoping that the Melbourne-based three-piece have more aural caustic alchemy in store for us soon.

You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hitlist – Urgency: Endearingly Raucous Post Punk

Alt Rock artist Hitlist is back with their latest ominously atmospheric single “Urgency”. I’ll give Post Punk fans until the first verse has run through to become enamoured with the biting soundscape.

There’s a satirical feel to Urgency, and in a feat of aural alchemy, Hitlist has created a track which doesn’t take itself all too seriously without allowing it to unfold as gimmicky or crass. Which may all fall down to just how catchy the cold yet punchy melodies are. In addition, Hitlist’s vocalist may just be in possession of the most distinctively magnetic vocals in Post Punk right now. While there’s the familiar dramatic drawl, there’s a uniquely sticky-sweet sensibility which weaves its way into the caustic versing.

For reasons of professionalism, I usually refrain from making declarations of love in reviews. But with Urgency, it is far too endearing to resist. Hit play, and you will soon see why.

You can check out the lyric video to Hitlist’s latest single Urgency for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LUMER Release their bitingly caustic Post Punk Single “White Tear”

There was a rumour a few days ago that Michael Jackson had come back to life. After hearing the latest single “White Tear” from LUMER, I was almost convinced that Lux (The Cramps) had returned with his gloriously raucous larynx.

While there are plenty of similarities between the Cramps and LUMER, the up and coming artist still carries plenty of authenticity of their own. In White Tear, eerie psychedelic layers feed into gritty, grinding Alt Rock which finds the perfect balance between droning dark, cold Post Punk and No Wave.

If you’re looking for contemporary Post Punk which comes with plenty of biting angst, there are very few artists around on the airwaves with sharper teeth than LUMER.

White Tear was the third single to be released by the Hull, UK-based band. They’ve already amassed a fair enough hype around their caustically indulgent sound, it’s going to be ridiculously exciting to see what comes next from them.

You can check out LUMER’s single White Tear for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Punk artist Karl Meyer has made their debut with the explosively caustic album “Career Ending Move”

https://karlmeyer.bandcamp.com/track/detractors

Punk fans of all inclinations are going to want to check out the debut solo “Career Ending Move” album from artist Karl Meyer.

While each of the tracks is a high-octane blast of magnetic angst, the best introduction to their sound is the single “Detractors”. If you find yourself constantly in search for the most chaotic soundscapes on the airwaves, Detractors is definitely a single for you. There are elements of No Wave, Post Punk and Old School Anarcho-Punk all weaved into the mix allowing it to resonate as fresh, but familiarly accessible.

Thankfully, unlike 70s Punk artists, Karl Meyer is more than instrumentally proficient which is palpable from the Oh Sees-style caustic riffs which carve out infectious electronically-charged rhythm creating the perfect platform for their biting vocals.

You can check out Karl Meyer’s single Detractors along with their debut album Career Ending Move for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zoey The White Lioness – I Can: Endearingly Upbeat Rock

https://zoeythewhitelioness.bandcamp.com/track/i-can

Tennessee-based Hard Rock artist Zoey The White Lioness (Zoey Baker) released their latest endearingly upbeat track “I Can” on October 13th. With their playfully energetic approach to Rock, the euphoria infectious.

While the artist usually looks to the likes of Trent Reznor and Kurt Cobain for their sound, I Can has the punchy anthemic feel of contemporary Garage Rock artists such as Fidlar with a slight twist of Pop Punk. You’ll even be able to anticipate absorbing Surf Rock riffs in this snappy sticky-sweet hit.

‘Adorable’ may not be what every vocalist goes for, but it’s exactly what Zoey The White Lioness achieved in I Can. We were warned that the single was as loveable as the dog on the cover art. It’s safe to say that they delivered on that promise.

You can check out the latest single from Zoey The White Lioness for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast